— A grateful nation thanks all of your very generous hearts and outpouring support in the rescue/relief/recovery/rehabilitation efforts on the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda, a category 5 Hurricane, a very strong storm (International code name:Haiyan).
May every Filipino you encounter in the world thank you all personally. Our people affected by the recent natural disasters may not have a very Merry Christmas, but because of all of you, they will feel that there is hope for one. God-bless all of you and all those in this country who make it better for others in need.
Thank you to the country and it’s people. List of country is alphabetically.
ASEAN and UNITED NATIONS
AUSTRALIA – US$7,437,560 cash + $929,695 medical assistance, search and rescue team
BELGIUM – medical and search and rescue personnel + relief goods and water treatment units. cash donation is waiting for official accounting.
CANADA – C$4,726,779 cash donation + $102,845,500 worth of purification tablets and relief goods
DENMARK – cash donation $1,775,623
EUROPEAN UNION – EUR 3 million cash donation + humanitarian experts
FINLAND – $1,323,772 worth of medical package, relief items + 2 motor boats for search and rescue
FRANCE – aid assistance, amount is being estimated
GERMANY – $661,886 cash donation + 23 tons of relief goods + humanitarian experts
HUNGARY – humanitarian experts + search dogs and rescue personnel and rapid response team
INDONESIA – $1 million cash donation + C130 aircraft containing relief goods with a naval asset worth $1 million
ISRAEL- 200 medical experts and mobile desalination equipment, medical supplies, trauma and relief professionals
JAPAN – emergency relief medical team, cash donation is being estimated
LUXEMBOURG – $529,509 + search and rescue team
MALAYSIA – medical and search and rescue teams + relief goods
THE NETHERLANDS – $2,647,549 cash donation
NEW ZEALAND – NZ $2.15 million (US$1,631,725)
NORWAY – $3,226,944
RUSSIA – medical team + relief goods
SINGAPORE – pledged $158,775 unsure if cash or in-kind
SWEDEN – pledge financial aid, estimated value not yet declared + emergency communications equipment
SAUDI ARABIA -through Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – US$100,000
SPAIN – in-kind donations
TAIWAN – $200,000 + relief goods
TURKEY – humanitarian experts, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel + relief goods
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dhs 36 million
UNITED KINGDOM – £6 million and $9.6 million worth of emergency support package
UNITED NATIONS Children’s Fund – $1.3 million worth of supplies
UNITED STATES – initial $100,000 for water and sanitation + Troops and emergency respondents + transportation and equipment + ships and aircrafts
VATICAN CITY – $150,000
VIETNAM – pledged $100,00 , undetermined if cash or relief goods
AND ALL OTHER COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE SENT THEIR THOUGHTFUL MESSAGE, SYMPATHY AND EMPATHY!
Once again, we thank you from the bottom of our heart! We will forever be grateful!
A few days ago, I came home from a long days work. All sweaty and sticky due to extremely hot day, well what can I say it’s indeed summer and downright exhausted from teaching 10 hours straight, one class after another, from kindergarten to primary, then middle school to high school and the last class with the graduates and professionals. To simply describe it, I was physically dead. But then I thought, well I haven’t opened my blog for couple of days now so I gave it a few minutes.
And there before my eyes, 3 awards in 1 remarkably written Sauce for the Goose by a brilliant writer of fairy tales, a stunning & kind-hearted woman, an amazing blogger and lovely person Ms. Brenda Davis Harsham or bhd63 for some of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. These awards are deeply valued.
Versatile Blogger Award
Loyal Reader Award
Team Membership Award
Please feel free to visit bhd63’s page. She’s written remarkable stories and has shared delightful photos as well.
TO ALL BLOGGERS, pro and newbies ( just like me), let this be an inspiration for us to write, inspire, give courage and hope, share facts one way or another!
All the best,
Dear friends and readers,
I’d like to use this page and share with everyone, from around the world and from all walks of life, this very inspiring award which was extended to me by beautiful person, an artist, a photographer, a writer, a blogger, and I’d like to call him a friend who inspired me a lot with his amazing photos, words of wisdom and gentle heart Mr. Ajaytao 2010.
Thank you. An award I deeply appreciated and cherished.
Please feel free to visit his page http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com/
As for my nominations, here are the beautiful souls!
1. My oldest blogging mates ~ pacificparatrooper (http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/) , retireediary (http://retireediary.wordpress.com/) and ipledgeafallegiance (http://ipledgeafallegiance.wordpress.com/)
3. TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS, old and new, readers, passersby!
As the Dalai Lama once said:
“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”
Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.
Jesse Herman Holmes
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
Who doesn’t love bacon?! Well let’s not ask the vegetarian or pescatarian/pescetarian, because we already know the answer. And I for one doesn’t question anyone’s preference or food diet. To each his own.
Today though, I’d like to talk about breakfast. Yes, you read me ( or heard me), breakfast people! My parents used to tell me ‘eat breakfast sweetie, you’ll need it to be strong and be active today’ or they would say ‘did you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day?’ and blah blah blah…Well, in my younger years those phrases were repeatedly said like a broken recorder. But of course, they’re right or they’re not wrong at all.
Well my point is, breakfast is the first meal after a night’s sleep ( or day time sleep, for those whose schedule are reversed). And generally speaking, breakfast consist of carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables as well as beverages. In layman’s term bread or cookies, eggs, some greens, coffee or milk and bacon! Yes, you heard me bacon!
Surprisingly, everybody says bacon is an integral part of a breakfast. Is it?!
Disclaimer: The generalization is based on observation and survey from friends, colleagues and social network connections. Hence, any misrepresentation or inaccuracy were not intentional and does not necessarily mean I agree to it!